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Kurt R. Beal, 48, a musician who played in Western New York bands for two decades, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 1996) in his 24th Street home after a lengthy illness. He was under the care of Niagara Hospice.

A native of Hammelburg, Germany, Beal moved to Niagara Falls 20 years ago. He previously lived in Boston, Mass., and in Colorado, Maryland and Georgia.

His musical career began when he was a 15-year-old drummer in a rock band in Colorado.

Beal was a lead singer, guitarist, bass player and drummer with the Nashville Edition band and later with the Nashville Connection. Among the Western New York venues he played frequently were the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Niagara Falls, Leisurewood Camp Grounds in Akron, the Golden Nugget in West Seneca and the former Janik's Steak House in Wheatfield.

He also was a truck driver for several years for various shippers and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, the former Deborah L. Yale; two sons, Richard of St. Catharines, Ont., and Scott; two daughters, Sherry Parham of Buffalo and Carrie Vaughn; his mother, Maria Hahner Beal of Riverview, Fla.; three brothers, Robert F. of Fayetteville, N.C., Richard of Kentucky and David of Detroit; a sister, Ingrid Curtis; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, Michigan Avenue at 10th Street. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


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